College of the Desert

College of the Desert (COD), located in the beautiful Palm Springs area of California, offers flexible education options in an exciting resort location.

COD offers affordable academic excellence

College of the Desert (COD) has not only been awarded numerous prizes for our students’ success, we are also considered one of the best-value colleges in California.  Our diverse academic programs, supportive faculty, and extensive academic support resources provide you with every possible advantage for success in your studies.  Our low tuition fees and our area’s low cost of living will allow to fulfill your academic goals for less than you would pay at most other U.S. colleges and universities.

COD has a proven record of successful university transfer! Our international students have transferred to universities throughout California including UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, San Diego State University,  CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge and CSU San Bernardino. Our International Student Counselor will help you take advantage of our university transfer admission guarantees to transfer to the UC and CSU systems as well as private and out of-state universities.

Programs and Courses

For students who want a California college experience without committing to a degree program, the one-semester or gap-year program at COD is the perfect option!  Choose from hundreds of courses while exploring the exciting sites of Southern California.

COD also offers dozens of professional certificate programs that provide the practical skills necessary to immediate enter the workforce.  Automotive technology, culinary arts, digital design, fitness specialist, musical theater, retail management, and zero net energy are just a few of the options. 

The most popular enrollment option at COD is associate degree programs.  Like certificates, these degrees provide practical professional training, and they also prepare you for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs around California and the U.S.  COD offers several associate degree options including accounting, architecture, business, engineering, film production, hospitality management, political science, sports medicine, and many more. 

COD is also a great place perfect your English skills.  We offer fulltime English instruction for 8 and 16-week sessions throughout the year in our Intensive English Academy (IEA).  COD’s IEA students are fully integrated into the COD campus community and enjoy frequent fieldtrips throughout the Southern California region.

Make education a California holiday

COD’s Southern California location is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. and is known as a playground for the rich and famous.  Our campus is surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in lush palm trees, and bathed in sunshine 350 days per year.  Our area is home to the famous Coachella Music Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and numerous professional sports venues.  As a COD student, you will be invited on trips to local and regional destinations like Joshua Tree National Park, Hollywood, and Santa Monica.  You will also be welcome to participate in COD’s many social, athletic, and cultural events, and to become a member of dozens of student clubs and organizations.    

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Number of Students: Approx. 16,000 (6,000 full-time)

Estimated Annual Tuition: $7500

Total Estimated Annual Cost: $19,630 (includes estimates for tuition, enrollment fees, housing, meals, insurance, and textbooks)

Housing Options: Host families and apartments near campus

Sports: Basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball

Flexible Admission: SAT, ACT, minimum high school scores, and application essays NOT required

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